Institute of Criminal Justice Studies

Master's Flexible Framework: International Criminal Justice

international criminal justice
Develop global perspectives on international law and justice systems

Why take this course?

This distance learning degree will develop your understanding of the internationalisation of criminal justice and the importance of comparative perspectives. This will provide you with an informed broad-based understanding of international criminal justice and institutions within the contemporary context.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • Mix with a diverse range of nationalities, and study a curriculum responsive to the international backgrounds of students
  • Examine national and international criminal justice with reference to international norms and standards, including human rights
  • Study the development and challenges of international and transnational offending from criminological, legal and political perspectives

What opportunities might it lead to?

This course supports entry to or promotion within careers that have an international policing and justice context. This could include working for international criminal justice and law enforcement bodies such as Europol, Interpol and the International Office of Migration. Student are may be working as an investigators or administrators at international criminal tribunals/courts. Alternatively, careers in private sector investigation or national/international non-governmental agencies would be open to you.

I found it very professional and instructive. Beyond developing my knowledge in transnational crime, this course really enhanced my research capacities and academic writing.

Sylvie Nicole-Korlaar, MSc International Criminal Justice student

Course structure


There are two available routes to study this subject area, which will be reflected in your degree title awarded:

Route A focuses on one subject area, studying a Subject Core unit and relevant Specialist Option. You will also have a free choice to study any other Option.

Route B combines two subject areas, studying two Subject Core units and a relevant Specialist Option.

This means you will study the following 30 credit units:

  • International Justice
  • additional Subject Core OR Free Option
  • Specialist Option (see below)
  • Research Methods / Research Ethics

Plus your 15,000-word Dissertation / Major Project (60 credits)

If you wish to follow the Route B, then please see the relevant webpage for your second subject area for additional subject specific information.

Specialist Options, relating to this subject area:

  • International and Transnational Offending
  • International Fraud and Corruption
  • Contemporary Security in International Relations
  • Missing Persons
  • The Global Landscape of Cybersecurity
  • Victimology: Vulnerability, Risk and Resilience (distance learning only)

Teaching and Assessment

The delivery of this subject is by Distance Learning only. This teaching consists of multimedia learning materials and study support provided online via a virtual learning environment (Moodle).

Distance learning student support

Students are supported initially through Orientation and Induction, and then via academic staff for each Unit of Study. Pastoral support is provided by your Personal Tutor, and then your Supervisor once appointed. 

Further study support

Full spectrum library support services and academic skills development is provided, along with dedicated Learning Support Tutors.

How are you assessed?

These may comprise a range of assignments such as essays, case studies, blogs, presentations and a research proposal for your final project. You will then complete a 15,000-word Dissertation / Major Project. Academic feedback is provided on all assignments and full academic support is provided by subject experts. All assignment are submitted online.

Join an exciting learning journey developing your understanding of international criminal justice. Gain important insights and deepen your comparative perspective. What better way to study than online alongside students from all over the world! Staff are committed and interact regularly with you on this course.

Dr Paul Norman, Course Tutor

Careers and Opportunities

Students further develop their professional expertise in the international criminal justice or international policing, or to help support a career change or specialisation in this direction. Our students have included intelligence analysts, international liaison officers (including Europol and Interpol), as well as UK police, civil servants or private sector investigators either within or moving towards international and transnational criminal justice responsibilities.

Over the years, we have also attracted globally distributed nationalities working for international criminal justice and law enforcement bodies (often in the field or on mission). These have included those performing a variety of roles within Europol, Interpol, the International Office of Migration, or those working as investigators or administrators at international criminal courts/tribunals. 

Exit titles

Distance Learning:

  • MSc International Criminal Justice;
  • MSc International Criminal Justice and Intelligence;
  • MSc International Criminal Justice and Criminology;
  • MSc International Criminal Justice and Criminal Justice;
  • MSc International Criminal Justice and Policing, Policy & Leadership;
  • MSc Crime Science and International Criminal Justice;
  • MSc Cybercrime and International Criminal Justice;
  • MSc Security Management and International Criminal Justice;
  • MSc Criminal Psychology and International Criminal Justice;
  • MSc Counter Fraud & Counter Corruption and International Criminal Justice.


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